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Democrats fight to stay in office amid backlash (Even Blue Dogs are on the chopping block)
Yahoo ^ | 9/02/10 | Angela K. Brown

Posted on 09/05/2010 6:23:52 AM PDT by Libloather

Democrats fight to stay in office amid backlash
By Angela K. Brown, Associated Press Writer
Thu Sep 2, 11:04 am ET

McGREGOR, Texas – Rep. Chet Edwards, an imperiled Democrat deep in the heart of Republican territory, finds exiting American Legion Post No. 273 slow going. Supporters and well-wishers keep stopping him.

**SNIP**

As the campaign becomes increasingly toxic for Democrats, none of it may matter.

Some of the most senior Democrats in conservative districts are facing what could be their most difficult races: Missouri's 17-term Rep. Ike Skelton, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and South Carolina's 14-term Rep. John Spratt, chairman of the House Budget Committee.

Even Democrats who, like Edwards, voted against the health care and climate change bills are locked in tough races because they are being linked to Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Georgia Rep. Jim Marshall and South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin join Edwards on the list.

"Jim Marshall's days are numbered because of his continued support of Nancy Pelosi and her agenda of backroom deals, hocus-pocus economics and massive government spending," Marshall's opponent, former Georgia legislator Austin Scott, wrote on his website.

Directly in GOP crosshairs are roughly four dozen Democrats in districts that McCain won in 2008. That's one part of any GOP calculation to reclaiming the House.

Edwards, like other vulnerable Democrats, has distanced himself from Obama and Pelosi on several votes, including repeal of the "don't ask/don't tell" policy on gays in the military.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: backlash; democrats; elections; hussein
"I'm used to being a target," Edwards told The Associated Press.

Good. Enjoy your retirement.

1 posted on 09/05/2010 6:23:56 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

All Democrats are anti-american enemies of the Constitution.


2 posted on 09/05/2010 6:25:09 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (m)
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To: Libloather

If Chet Edwards were to be re elected the very first vote he would cast would be for Nancy Pelosi as speaker.

What more does ANYONE need to know than that?


3 posted on 09/05/2010 6:32:49 AM PDT by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: Libloather

South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has been running ads trying to show she is in tune with voters in “fly over country” and showing her as a typical Mom of a 2 year old. This despite she hasn’t lived in this state for years, spent much of her career as a Washington DC lawyer and gets major campaign funding from Emily’s list and other liberal groups. Fortunately she is 10% behind in the polls with political new comer Kristi Noem who is a real South Dakotan.


4 posted on 09/05/2010 6:34:19 AM PDT by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: Libloather

Blue Dog = Coyote with a lamb suit.
They must all run from their own records. Don’t let the chaff cloud redirect your mission.


5 posted on 09/05/2010 6:38:25 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: Libloather
I'm sickened by the hyperpartisanship.
Sure you are. And in your statement you give truth to the lie of "seeking bipartisanship". Just check out the many party line votes.

But I'm working hard at the grass-roots level, letting my independent voting record speak for itself. That's who I am, and that's who I always will be.
Who you are is a Democrat and that's what you'll always be.
Why didn't you run as an Independent? The Democrat campaign dollars that come your way?

6 posted on 09/05/2010 6:39:17 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: The Great RJ
Kristi Noem who is a real South Dakotan.

I suggest putting pictures on the ballot.


7 posted on 09/05/2010 6:39:36 AM PDT by Libloather (Teapublican, PROUD birther, mobster, pro-lifer, anti-warmer, enemy of the state, extremist....)
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To: Libloather

No such thing as a good registered Democrat! And keep them out of American Legion posts!!!!!!


8 posted on 09/05/2010 6:40:26 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: Libloather

Blue Dogs fear becoming KA-GO-GI in the comming election.


9 posted on 09/05/2010 6:41:20 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: The Great RJ

Good! keep the pressure up folks.


10 posted on 09/05/2010 6:41:48 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: Libloather

A blue dog Democrat on a Pelosi leash is merely another Democrat son of a bitch


11 posted on 09/05/2010 6:42:53 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Greetings Jacques. The revolution is coming)
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To: All

By the way folks. TALKING about defeating Democrats will not do the job.
EVERYONE, yes even YOU ,must put up the cash and time and support CONSERVATIVE candidates
I’ll say it again ..CASH AND TIME ...


12 posted on 09/05/2010 6:43:10 AM PDT by sonic109
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To: Libloather
“Blue Dogs” got permission PERMISSION from Pelosi and Reid to vote AGAINST certain bills and have been given PERMMISSION to campaign AGAINST their and Obama’s disastrous agenda.After the election they will be back in the socialist sty.

We must not give these snakes PERMMISSION to be elected!

13 posted on 09/05/2010 6:43:14 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Karl Marx had 7 kids-only 3 lived to maturity-of those 2 committed suicide-sezzalot.")
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To: bert

Amen to that


14 posted on 09/05/2010 6:45:10 AM PDT by sonic109
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To: Libloather

Blue Dogs are especially on the chopping block. Blue Dogs come, by and large, from conservative districts and they present themselves to the electorate as conservative. Once they get to Washington, they behave as anything but. They vote as the leadership wants them to. When they vote against the Democrat leadership and with their constituents, its because Pelosi doesn’t need that vote and allows the Blue Dog to deceive the folks back home.

Many, many Blue Dogs will be gone in November. Unfortunately, Ike Skelton will probably survive and he will continue to vote a very liberal line which is the price of his committee chairmanship. He’s happy to pay that price.


15 posted on 09/05/2010 6:45:50 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: Libloather

They should be on the chopping block.


16 posted on 09/05/2010 6:48:29 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Libloather

How many times can the ‘Blue Dogs’ fool their voters? They are the 2nd string backups on the Socialist team. to be a Democrat of any kind is aiding and abetting the enemy.


17 posted on 09/05/2010 6:49:52 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (m)
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To: Libloather

I’m getting concerned that democrats and their media rump-swabs are hyping their underdog status a little too much.

It wouldn’t surprise me to see them trying to raise an unrealistic level of expectation for democrat losses. Then, when the losses aren’t quite as bad as their hype, they can spin it that they beat expectations, that the public isn’t nearly upset as pre-election predictions, etc., etc.

Remember, democrats never stop trying to spin, twist, obfuscate, stack the deck and, in the end, lie cheat and steal.


18 posted on 09/05/2010 6:50:42 AM PDT by Iron Munro (I carry a gun because I'm too young to die and too old to take any more beatings.)
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To: Libloather
acing what could be their most difficult races: Missouri's 17-term Rep. Ike Skelton, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and South Carolina's 14-term Rep. John Spratt, chairman of the House Budget Committee.

This in itself screams "TERM LIMITS"!

19 posted on 09/05/2010 6:54:29 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: centurion316; Libloather
Blue Dogs are especially on the chopping block. Blue Dogs come, by and large, from conservative districts and they present themselves to the electorate as conservative. Once they get to Washington, they behave as anything but.

I agree. I thought the phrase (Even blue dogs are on the chopping block) was a bit naive. I would think they would be the first to go and with very good reason.

20 posted on 09/05/2010 7:09:45 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: Bigun

“If Chet Edwards were to be re elected the very first vote he would cast would be for Nancy Pelosi as speaker.

What more does ANYONE need to know than that?”

THAT RIGHT THERE, IS THE ONLY QUESTION HIS OPPONENT SHOULD ASK HIM.... YOU NAILED IT!


21 posted on 09/05/2010 7:12:01 AM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Libloather
"Missouri's 17-term Rep. Ike Skelton, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and South Carolina's 14-term Rep. John Spratt, chairman of the House Budget Committee."

These are just two examples of practically life time politicians who feel entitled & act like we work for them, instead of them working for us & our country.

That goes for both democrats & republicans like John McCain.

I'd honestly rather see AZ vote for a democrat who is more conservative than McCain - if there are actually any left in this world.

The sewer in Washinton needs to be flushed out & new people need to be running our government. We don't need term limits - we need smarter voters.

22 posted on 09/05/2010 7:17:26 AM PDT by LADY J (Change your thoughts and you change your world.. - Norman Vincent Peale)
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To: LADY J

Ike Skelton has never held a private sector job in his entire life.


23 posted on 09/05/2010 7:25:45 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: screaminsunshine

I agree!!! There is no such thing as a good, loyal, American patriot, honest Democrat. The Democrat Party and POTUS Barack (I hate America) Hussein Obama need to be destroyed at the voting booth on Election Day, November 2, 2010. I urge “all” Americans to get out to vote on election day to totally destroy all Democrat candidates running for public office. Folks, Remember November!!!!


24 posted on 09/05/2010 7:30:49 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
"Ike Skelton has never held a private sector job in his entire life."

Most of them in D.C. haven't either. They have no concept of how real Americans live. We need real people who understand everyday living problems that these guys have no clue about.

Voters are going to have to wake up & clean house.

25 posted on 09/05/2010 7:34:11 AM PDT by LADY J (Change your thoughts and you change your world.. - Norman Vincent Peale)
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To: Libloather
Even Democrats who, like Edwards, voted against the health care and climate change bills

Because his vote wasn't needed. If it had been needed, you can bet he would have done as told.

26 posted on 09/05/2010 7:38:37 AM PDT by Minn
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To: Walkingfeather

Actually the same could be said for just about any democrat house candidate.

That is just one of the many reasons they ALL need to go!


27 posted on 09/05/2010 7:57:36 AM PDT by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: Libloather

More proof that we have the babes on our side!


28 posted on 09/05/2010 8:08:34 AM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: LADY J

I spent over four days with Ike Skelton some years back and watched him put on the folksy, friendly face for the good folks back home. It was a thing to behold and is certainly the reason he keeps getting reelected. After that performance, no one looks at his voting record, they are convinced that he is looking out for them. He’s just a down home Emmanuel Cleaver.


29 posted on 09/05/2010 8:18:22 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: centurion316

There are no “independent” or “conservative” Rats..they are all helping to move forward the leftist agenda and need to be thrown out of office. No mercy, they just are cowards that won’t admit they are tools of Reid, Pelosi and Obama.


30 posted on 09/05/2010 8:41:07 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Libloather

Blue Dogs?? You mean those famous “conservative” democrats who voted FOR HusseinCare??!! Democrats in the house and senate are either left or extremely left. Period. Conservative does not exist.


31 posted on 09/05/2010 8:43:49 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Libloather
"I'm used to being a target," Edwards told The Associated Press.

GAWD!!! this FAKE conservative POS has been sucking on the government tit for so long and is NOT doing anything other than faking he's conservative and then going to Washington to bend over and take it from Nancy Pelosi.

His first vote this term was to HOLD funding for the troops in Iraq cause he wanted to stick it to Bush and do what San Fran Nancy told him to do.

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32 posted on 09/05/2010 9:09:16 AM PDT by erman (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Libloather; erman

It is amazing to me that Chet Edwards continues to be re-elected in what on a map appears to be one of the most conservative parts of the state. If he wants his job, he should consider switching parties to keep his “conservative” credentials.


33 posted on 09/05/2010 9:13:44 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: Libloather

Good news - I saw a poll where Flores is leading Edwards 53-41%. Sad that it is that close as McLame even got 67% of the vote.


34 posted on 09/05/2010 9:17:32 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: Libloather
"You've done a good job," said Donna Smith, 50, an office manager and a Republican who says she will vote for Edwards again this year. Later, she said Edwards "has proven himself and shown that he can get things done." "I hope people will look at him and his record," Smith said, "and not just believe what's being said about him."

A moron Republican, used as a liberal media shill. Sad. She is voting for a bigtime spending pork-barrelling Pelosi supporter and enabler of the Democrat agenda.

35 posted on 09/05/2010 9:37:13 AM PDT by WOSG (OPERATION RESTORE AMERICAN FREEDOM - NOVEMBER, 2010 - DO YOUR PART!)
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To: Libloather

Send 2 term US Rep Steve Cohen 9th District Memphis to the unemployment line.

Elect CONSERVATIVE, pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment Charlotte Bergmann http://charlottebergmann.com/ in his place. She took 61% of the GOP primary vote.


36 posted on 09/05/2010 9:54:30 AM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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